ERIC Number: ED021193
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1965
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Continuing Education for Medical Practitioners.
Kendall, Patricia L.
A survey was made of medical schools' provision for continuing education for physicians. While few such courses are provided in most communities studied, in one there is a department of postgraduate education with a full-time director, courses of high scientific content, lectures given in rural areas, and careful records of participants. These courses are not thought to be effective in improving the quality of medical care, but are considered a means of maintaining good relations with local practitioners, the state medical society, and legislators. Practitioners do not participate in post graduate courses because of scheduling problems, inadequate publicity, too many other meetings, or because they feel no need for the courses offered. Those prevented from hospitalizing their patients in the university hospital may hesitate to attend courses at the medical center. While some practitioners responded favorably to the courses, many complained that they are too theoretical, too formalized, and that the announced topics are sometimes changed without warning. (aj)
Descriptors: Attitudes, Community Surveys, Medical Schools, Opinions, Participation, Physicians, Professional Continuing Education, Program Effectiveness
The Association of American Medical Colleges, 2530 Ridge St., Evanston, Ill. ($3.50.)
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Note: Appendix to the Relationship Between Medical Educators and Medical Practitioners.